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Checkpoint Charlie

  • Address: Friedrichstrasse
  • Vicinity: Zimmerstrasse, Friedrichstadt neighborhood
  • Type: Site
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Site

Checkpoint C

During the Cold War, Checkpoint Charlie was the only crossing point for foreigners and members of the Allied forces to pass through the Berlin Wall between East Berlin and West Berlin. The East German compound included barriers to keep people from escaping the Eastern Block, a shed where they could search cars and people and a watchtower. The allied or western side, had a small wooden guard shelter that was later replaced by a larger metal one. Currently the site has a replica of the first Allied guard shack but the second structure is on display at the Allied Museum in Berlin's Dahlem neighborhood. - AsNotedIn


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Particulars for Checkpoint Charlie:
Historic Era Cold War
Profession Espionage
Criteria Historic Event
Area of Significance Military
Sight Category Site

Creative Works »

Oliver's Army (song) Song Elvis Costello There was a Checkpoint Charlie
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold Book John le Carre Set in Berlin towards the end of the Cold War

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